I’ve been asked for the kettle corn recipe and the bean soup recipe.

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Kettle Corn

Years ago I bought 2commercial type popcorn poppers because we served popcorn at all our big events. The small one is used only for popcorn. The big one is used for kettle corn. I experimented over and over adding sugar into the kettle. We now use half the amount of sugar to raw popcorn. There will not be any recipe I can give you to make this in your kitchen. You will have to experiment with amounts of oil, sugar and raw popcorn. If I didn’t have this big commercial popper, I’d never make it. Sugar burns easily and there’s a happy medium between hot enough to pop the corn and just hot enough to melt the sugar but not burn it.

Does anyone make this in their kitchens with a stovetop popcorn popper?

Bean Soup

Again I have no recipe.

We enjoyed a Korbert bone in ham last week and ham sandwiches for several days.

I used about 4 c. Water, a small onion chopped fine, 1/2 c. Shredded carrots, celery salt , onion powder, salt and pepper.

Pour this over the ham bone and cook in crockpot until the meat is almost falling off the bone. Add 1package of navy beans and cook together until meat does fall off the bone. Take the ham bone and meat out of crockpot and shred the ham. Put it back in the crockpot with the beans. Simmer for awhile to combine flavors.

I did not have celery but would have added that, too.

Now that’s not much of a recipe but it’s the best I can do.

Here’s the batik/plaid star quilt again and the cutting directions. In return will you support this blog by clicking some ads, please?

On a rather sad note, we received a notice from Farm Chick Quilts yesterday that the shop will be closing after the first of the year. Mandy has been open about 4years and now there will be no place in Garner to pick up fabric of any kind. Good Luck, Mandy, in your future endeavors.

27 thoughts on “Recipes

  1. marie

    How sad, another quilt shop closing. I heard prices of fabric is going up if it already hasn’t and that’s going to hurt. Pretty soon only the rich will be able to quilt.

  2. Donna di Natale

    My mom used to make microwave caramel corn for us. I’ve found that if I substitute regular granulated cane sugar for the brown sugar, you get something similar to kettle corn. I’m sending you my mom’s recipe. This recipe is included with the cornhusk pincushion pattern that I designed. (Is there a way to send you a PDF attachment?)
    When I was young, my uncle grew fields of popcorn. In the Fall, after the harvest, my dad would go out and pick up the ears that were left in the field. He would shuck and shell the corn in his spare time. Then at Christmastime we would pour the corn into jars and share it with friends and neighbors, along with my mom’s recipe for microwave caramel corn. Yummmm. What a treat!

    Mom’s Microwave Caramel Corn

    4 quarts of popped corn (about 1 cup of un-popped popcorn)
    1 cup of brown sugar
    1 stick of butter or margarine
    ¼ cup light corn syrup
    ½ teaspoon of salt
    1 teaspoon of vanilla
    ½ baking soda

    Place the popped corn in a brown paper grocery sack and set it aside.

    In a 2 qt microwaveable bowl combine the brown sugar, butter or margarine, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir until well blended.

    Return to microwave and cook on high for 1½ minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in the baking soda. Caution: The soda will cause the caramel mixture to foam and expand.

    Pour the caramel over the popcorn in the paper bag. Roll the top down a couple of turns to close the bag and give you a good handle on the bag. Now shake the bag to mix the syrup into the popcorn.

    Place the bag in the microwave and cook for 1 minute. Remove the bag and shake it again, flipping and turning it while you shake.

    Return the bag to the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute 15 seconds.

    Pour the caramel corn out onto a pan lined with waxed paper or parchment and let it cool.

    The caramel corn is supposed to keep for about a week in an airtight container but we never had enough left over to test this theory.

    1. Darby in WI

      I use this recipe from my mother! We’ve never been able to determine how long it would last either. Ha ha!

  3. Dee Winter

    I was also sad to see that Farm Chicks is closing. Any kind of retail is hard to make it in. And on your bean soup recipe, do you soak your beans first? I usually do, but maybe your way is better?
    Have a great Thanksgiving. I’m off to the daughter’s for a few days. There’s babies there to play with!!!

    1. Dianna

      My babies are coming to me. Bless everyone this Thanksgiving. I finished a Christmas table runner last night for my son and family. Excited to see them open it

    2. CountryThreads Post author

      Dee winter – if you soak the beans, the cooking time will be much shorter. I’ve done it both ways.

  4. Sandra Goddard

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and all your readers. I enjoy you posts very much.

  5. MartyCae

    So sorry to hear about another store closing.
    Thanks for the recipes. I will definitely be making the soup.
    Wonderful blessings to every two and four legged person at your house!

  6. Ann Barlament

    Your bean soup recipe reminds me of my grandmother’s cooking. Her measurements were a pinch, a healthy pinch, a handful, enough until it looks good, etc.

    My grandfather said, when they were first married he would check the garbage can, before heading into the house, to see what she had tried to make. She greatly improved over the years.

    Many great meals were made with whatever was on hand.

  7. Cheryl

    Your Bean Soup is almost SENATE BEAN SOUP! ‘U.S. Senate Bean Soup or simply Senate bean soup is a soup made with navy beans, ham hocks, and onion. It is served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day, in a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. The original version included celery, garlic, parsley, and mashed potatoes as well.’
    I make mine adding a large garlic clove slashed, 2 bay leaves and 5 whole cloves. It is surprising how the subtleness of the cloves brings out the flavor.

  8. Sue in Oregon

    Donna….Thank you for your microwave caramel popcorn recipe. It sounds delicious and also fun to make. Yours does too, Mary, but since I don’t own a popcorn maker….only a pan and a lid….the microwave one sounds easier.
    I love ham and bean soup. I sometimes put a potato in mine for flavor and for thickening.
    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

  9. Kathy Hanson

    I would like to click on ads for you, I haven’t seen any on here, recently, to click on. Has something happened to them?

  10. Launa

    So sorry Mandy is closing the quilt shop.
    I looked at three ads. The one for wooden smaller cabins is interesting! There’s a young couple in Salmon, Idaho who makes these with wheels. They were recently featured on TV. I saw one towed behind a truck thru town there. It was quite attractive.
    I copied the popcorn recipe as we haven’t made it since moving here off the grid in Idahonear Lost Trails Pass. Glad to have it.

    Have a nice Thanksgiving, Mary!

  11. Janice Brown in Suttons Bay MI

    Mary, Happy Thanksgiving to both you and Rick. May it be an enjoyable and restful day. On your latest quit: I really love the fabric and color combinations used in the batik/plaid star quilt. Sorry to hear about the closing of your local quilt shop. I went on-line to the Farm Chick Quilts website to check out their fabrics and patterns. They are one of a few shops that still carry a selection of Country Threads Quilt Patterns. Please count me in on doing a rug/placemats project. My husband isgoing to make a frame for me from the instructions in your Rugs From Rags book. I just realize though that I do not have the corresponding DVD. May I still purchase one from you?

    BTW: Was the missing chicken ever found?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Janice Brown in MI – yes, you can purchase a DVD for $8.00. Yes, the missing hen was found!

  12. Rhoda Ebersole

    Thank you Mary for all your blogs all year long. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Connie in Iowa.

    I am clothes shopping with my niece – she is a size 2.
    I was never that size.😀😉

  13. Jan Behm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband along with ALL those wonderful animals you have! Love, love your blog! Thanks for sharing your daily (almost) life with us! I will never understand how you get so much done around the farm & still find time to sew & read! I must be doing something (or a lotta of somethings) wrong! Lol!! So sad about the last remaining quilt shop in Garner. Rumor has it that after 1/1/19, fabric may go up to the fabric companies 30-40% & at least most of this will be passed on to the consumer. I, too, have a large stash but I’ll need a 12-step program to make me stop buying more. Or maybe the price increase will take care of that! Take care! Happy Turkey Day! Gobble, gobble!

  14. Katie

    Happy Thanksgiving from Gilbert, AZ. 🦃🦃
    We’re celebrating w Familia & Friends, at our lil corner of the World in Gilbert..Blessed👵🏼

  15. Debbie B

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thanks so much for sharing your blog and wonderful quilts. Enjoy!

  16. Felicia Hamlin

    A Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mary, and to my fellow readers. I love to read the comments and it makes me feel like we are a big family. Hugs to everyone.

  17. Ann S

    Funny, I have a kettle corn recipe and I was sure it came from you! The key is using a Stir Crazy popcorn popper. Have had the recipe long enough my sister and I have both gone through several poppers! I checked Amazon and it says the model we have is discontinued but there’s a new version.
    Recipe: 1/4 cup oil, 1/2 cup popcorn, 1/2 cup sugar. Pop, stirring constantly, salt while sticky.
    I have always called this Country Threads kettle corn so I’m still convinced it came from you!! Every time my sister’s small quilt group gets together she has to make it for them!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Ann S – yes, this is my recipe for the small popper and I double it for the large popper but you need the right popper like a Stir Crazy to pop successfully. Thanks, Ann!

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